Some good news from the abortion wars.
Pro-life legislators are working hard on the ground to put forward state legislation that will restrict and reduce abortion. From AZ Central:
Energized by the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly cemented conservative majority, Republican lawmakers throughout the country have put forward a host of aggressive bills that would limit access to — and, in many cases, criminalize — abortion. In Arizona alone, GOP legislators have introduced more than 10 pieces of legislation that propose an array of changes, from restrictions on abortion medications and online reproductive health referrals…”The Arizona voters spoke in November, and they elected majorities that have professed to be pro-life in the House and Senate,” said Center for Arizona Policy Director Cathi Herrod, the state’s leading anti-abortion lobbyist. “We’re very hopeful about this session.”
Over at National Review, my friend Dr. Michael New lays out why Missouri is a model state in implementing pro-life laws and driving down the abortion rate.
UK Right to Life is reporting that the second largest late-term abortion clinic in the country, which performed more than 1,200 abortions on pre-born children aged 20 weeks or over in the last three years, has now closed:
This abortion centre, situated in Streatham, South London and also known as ‘The Lodge’, has performed 13,114 abortions between 2017 and 2019, including 2,235 abortions of unborn babies between 13 and 19 weeks’ gestation, as well as 1,297 abortions at 20 weeks’ gestation or over. Aerial footage from the estate agency that is selling the property shows the ‘Victorian Mansion House’ where tens of thousands of abortions have been perfromed on unborn children over the past couple of decades. The closure comes in the aftermath of a series of controversies and scandals at the clinic. In 2019, a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found incompetent staff who had not completed life support training and “not all equipment was in good working order”.
The CQC noted that two serious incidents and 76 clinical incidents were reported at the clinic between April 2018 and April 2019. However, this is likely only the tip of the iceberg as inspectors discovered that “staff did not always report incidents as they felt there was a blame culture”.One staff member even disclosed to an inspector, “if you raise concerns then you have to face the consequences. I have learnt to keep quiet”. Alarmingly, only nine of the clinic’s twenty-four members of staff had received training to spot and treat sepsis, which is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK.
Those who have attended the clinic have offered further insight into the clinic particularly in regard to the treatment they received from staff. One client said: “you get treated like an animal” and another offered a similar sentiment saying: “the women were treated like complete animals, herded like sheep and spoke [sic] to like dogs”.
A pro-life group has been present outside the Streatham clinic for over 25 years offering those entering The Lodge an alternative to abortion. This has been part of a larger pro-life presence outside abortion centres in the South London borough of Lambeth, including a 40 Days for Life vigil that has operated outside the UK’s largest abortion centre, MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes) South London, in Brixton. The Brixton centre (Raleigh Gardens) performed 7,481 abortions in 2019.
Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The closure of an abortion clinic, somewhere that ends large numbers of innocent lives, can only be a good thing. As we have seen so consistently with the abortion industry, expanding access to abortion appears to be their one and only concern. The provision and promotion of DIY abortions, despite their demonstrable dangerousness for women as well as the poor standards maintained in the clinic in Streatham, prove this”.
“It’s important we give a special thanks to all those individuals who have offered those entering this facility positive alternatives to abortion over the last 25 years. Thank you for your courageous work, and we hope the ending of lives at this location will free time up for you to help more women and unborn children at the many other abortion centres that sadly still continue to operate elsewhere in London.”
Good riddance to this hellhole.
The Polish pro-life movement is responding to widespread abortion protests resulting from the implementation of Poland’s new pro-life law banning eugenic abortions by highlighting the humanity of the child in the womb. From One of Us:
The violent protests in October have been responded to by the Polish pro-life movement with posters and billboards. A simple and powerful message: the image of a child conceived in the womb.
In October there was a violent outbreak after the Constitutional Court ruling declaring abortion unconstitutional. The decision sparked a wave of protests organized by pro-abortion groups. During the demonstrations some churches were attacked. On October 22, the Constitutional Court declared abortion unconstitutional in the event of serious and irreversible fetal damage or incurable disease that threatened the life of the fetus. In practice, in many cases, it meant the death of unborn babies believed to have Down syndrome. The ruling sparked a wave of protests organized by pro-abortion groups that led to attacks on churches.
On the pro-life side, since the end of November, posters with pro-life messages have appeared in dozens of cities. The most explicit is the poster with a heart-shaped uterus. Inside, a child is lying in a fetal position. Without subtitles or slogans. Behind the campaign is the Our Children Foundation – Education, Health, Faith. In December, there were several large-format posters with slogans such as “I think, I feel, I do not kill”, “I give my life, I take care of it”, “Choose life” or “Every life is a gift”. The simplicity of the message has not left abortion advocates “indifferent” either.
A beautiful response to the ugly outbursts gripping Polish cities.